Samsung saw a slight dip in operating profit in Q4 2013, down to 8.3 trillion won ($7.73bn), despite tablet demand increasing "substantially". The South Korean company blamed a quarter-on-quarter dip in mobile earnings on an increase in marketing costs and other one-off expenses, while smartphone sales rose quarter-on-quarter but failed to quite match the highs of Q4 2012. Meanwhile, in TVs - traditionally over the past few years a dwindling market - Samsung actually had some good news.
Right on top of the release of the Rose Gold color for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 for Verizon comes word that the Galaxy Note 3 "Neo" will be appearing on the market soon. This Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo device will work with an Exynos 5260 processor with 6x CPU cores, four clocked at 1.3Ghz and another two at 1.7Ghz. The display of this device is 5.5-inches with a resolution at 720 x 1280, coming in just under the size of the original Galaxy Note 3.
Back in December, we learned that Samsung was rolling out some new color versions of its Samsung Galaxy Note 3 smartphone. The new colors included rose gold and merlot. Verizon Wireless has now announced that it will be the exclusive provider for the rose gold version of the smartphone.
The legal proceedings in the patent infringement suit between Apple and Samsung keep raging. Yesterday Judge Lucy Koh issued a summary judgment in the case. Koh declared that Samsung Android devices do infringe on an Apple patent for word recommendations. That is a fancy way of saying autocomplete.
Following on the heels of yesterday's fingerprint scanner leak, the Samsung Galaxy S5 has found itself in the news again, this time with alleged debut and launch dates. Mobile Review's Eldar Murtazin, who correctly stated when the S4 would arrive, said in a tweet today that Samsung will be showing the smartphone off in Barcelona on February 23 on the cusp of Mobile World Congress.
A variety of sources have cropped up in recent times to drop alleged details on the next iteration of Samsung's popular handset line, the Galaxy S5. The latest source, which spoke to the Korean Herald, claims the handset maker won't be including an iris scanner in the upcoming smartphone, but will be focusing on fingerprint scanning technologies.
Samsung and illycaffe have announced a new "multiyear" partnership that, according to the Korean company, enhances the experience for shoppers at the retailer's various so-called flagship stores. The details on what exactly the partnership brings is a bit on the light side, but it seems Galaxy tablets and related devices will be coming to the coffee shop's stores, as well as what is being referred to as "Samsung Angels".